A system you can rely on
When it comes to major investments no one likes to make a blind bargain. Of course, one can always rely on technical specifications and sales material to provide a performance guideline, but this sort of information usually only provides a rough estimate and cannot be used for reliable calculations in a specific scenario.
Another concern is the overall system availability: How much maintenance does the system require, how much downtime is to be expected because of maintenance or errors, and how much time does it take to get a stopped system up and running again?
Without answers to these essential questions it is almost impossible to provide a bulletproof action plan before a new system is actually installed and detailed statistics are available.
It’s all about peace of mind
The installation phase of a project can be quite nerve-racking. Will the new system operate as advertised? Will it bring the expected boost in efficiency and speed? And most importantly: will the new system give you the competitive edge that you need to justify the investment?
Only answering these questions beforehand can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you chose the best system for your specific purposes.
Analyzing the past – preparing for the future
Fine-tuning a warehouse system is a complex task. Demand and stock fluctuate during the year and without precise sales figures it is practically impossible to prepare the warehouse for optimum performance. The bigger the difference between assumed sales and actual orders the higher the risk to either loose customers because highly demanded items cannot be moved quickly enough or to tie up money in machinery that mostly sits idle.
While the efficiency of your personnel will always be unpredictable in detail – imagine how a simple heat wave can take a big bite out of your warehousers’ efficiency – machines always operate at a predictable speed. This allows compiling precise efficiency predictions that make all the difference between a system that works and a system that works as expected.
Imagine a storage system that comes perfectly adjusted to your needs; a system that is based on a detailed analysis of your past needs and that has been fine-tuned to perfection.
Pro-active problem solving
Only a system that works helps you make money. Interruptions for maintenance or repairs constitute unwanted costs because they stop the sales process and increase running costs because expert staff needs to be available on short notice, either in-house or via a third-party.
Obviously, the perfect storage system should minimize the need for maintenance and service and take care of irregularities without or with only minimal user intervention. In such a system necessary maintenance and service routines could be planned ahead and carried out in times with little traffic.
Imagine an automated warehouse system that takes care of problems itself and fixes errors with minimal need for user intervention.
No single point of failure
No reputable supplier can guarantee 100% availability over the complete lifespan of a product. Somewhere between installation and upgrade/disposal up a need for maintenance will show up. The crucial question is: what impact do these necessary procedures have on the workflow?
Creating a system that is usable during maintenance would mean introducing backup procedures that take over in case of error or downtime. Unfortunately, backup systems increase overall complexity and expenses since they are usually not part of the standard workflow.
Imagine a warehouse system was designed to provide full operation at all the time; a system that was not slowed down by regular maintenance or even errors.
Imagine AutoStore – the reliable warehouse system
With AutoStore you know exactly what you are going to get. And you know exactly how the system is going to perform. This is possible because every aspect of the system, as well the environment it is going to operate in, has been thoroughly simulated.
By analyzing the former flow of goods – how many of which product was sold when – and synchronizing this data with the specifications of the warehouse – it is possible to install a system that works just as expected right from the get-go.
And what happens when something happens? In AutoStore the Xhandler (exception handler) takes care of it. Instead of producing error messages and expecting the user to solve the problem AutoStore always attempts to correct problems itself. This way, the majority of all exceptions are fixed without any interruptions in the workflow, making AutoStore the only automate warehouse system with a guaranteed availability of 98%.
As a second layer of security, AutoStore’s module-based design makes sure that the system works even if a single component should fail. All major modules work intelligently together, meaning that no task is left unfinished in case a module should need maintenance. The impact on the performance is negligible and will usually not even be noticed by the operator.
AutoStore reliability advantages in a nutshell
• Guaranteed availability of 98%
• Self-fixing software
• No single-point-of-failure
• Essential modules work together intelligently
• Every installation is completely pre-simulated